Ketching-up

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s … a stripper? Granted, not exactly high heroics here, but some “strippers” at the Deja Vu club in Nashville were suspicious of $100 bills and called the police after a patron spent $600 of them. The man, who “authorities say used his computer to make fake $100 bills to buy lap dances at the strip club, has pleaded guilty to counterfeiting charges,” according to the article. Taking a byte out of crime!

“PBS conflicted over adult language in Ken Burns’ ‘War,’” is the title of this article which appears in today’s edition of the San Francisco Chronicle (and which I found via The Legal Reader). John from TLR comments, “We’re being governed by a regime heavily beholden to fundamentalist Christian interests which would, if allowed, be just as repressive as the Taliban was in Afghanistan.” Amen. Just knowing that the government is spending tax dollars on such misguided, silly censorship efforts makes me want to throw a tea party at the Boston Harbor. Good grief. Can you say, Distraction?

Strip club for sale! Oh wait. The City of La Habra (CA) has already bought it. Go La Habra!! Writes H.G. Reza for the Los Angeles Times,

After almost a decade of court battles and unsuccessful attempts to shut down the only strip club in La Habra, city officials announced this week that they would pay the owner $5.2 million to get out of town. As part of the settlement, the city will buy the property for $3 million. The city made the offer Aug. 6 during the Orange County Superior Court trial of a lawsuit against the city filed by Badi “Bill” Gammoh, owner of the Taboo Gentlemen’s Club. The City Council approved the deal Monday.

Divorces can get messy. Someone taught me that the fairest way to handle a contested divorce is simple: Let Party A draft two lists which divide the community property, and let Party B pick which list to take. You can see the logical appeal. (Yes, I know that you can’t cut the dog in half; it’s probably been litigated and coined an “inadequate” remedy.) My point is this: the legal system (and the current billable-hour method for navigating this system) does not always promote efficient solutions to property disputes. Whether Party A is entitled to the house and car, or whether Party B is entitled to the entire dog, are hard questions. And yes, the courts can answer these questions. But you’ve got to know the endgame, and you’ve got to ask who you’re going to hurt along the way. I think the citizens of La Habra were well-represented here.

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